Unforgettable Photos


1957. The first day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in the United States. Counts was one of the first black students admitted in the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassments after 4 days.
January 12th, 1960.
A second before the Japanese Socialist Party leader Asanuma was murdered by an opponent student.
1963. Thich Quang Dug, the Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam, burns himself to death protesting the goverment’s torture policy against priests. Thich Quang Dug never made a sound or moved while he was burning.
1962. A soldier shot by a sniper hangs onto a priest in his last moments.
1965. A mom and her children try to cross the river in South Vietnam in an attempt to run away from the American bombs.
1966. U.S. troops in South Vietnam are dragging a dead Vietkong soldier.
February 1st, 1968.
South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Vietkong soldier.
1973. A few seconds before Chile’s elected president Salvador Allende is dead during the coup.
1975. A woman and a girl falling down after the fire escape collapses.
1980. A kid in Uganda about to die of hunger, and a missionaire.
Colonel Molina ve military police seizes the Parliament building in Spain.
The photographer did not expect the scene, and hid the films in his shoe.
1989. A young man in China stands before the tanks during protests for democratic reforms.
1994. A man who was tortured by the soldiers since he was suspected to have spoken with the Tutsi rebels.
2003. An Iraqi prisoner of war tries to calm down his child.






91 Responses to “ Unforgettable Photos ”

  1. Wow, you found some powerful pictures there!! Nice post

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  2. These are all remarkable.

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  3. Wow great photo’s

    Thanks a lot

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  4. I’m guessing you’re not really a fan of America or Americans?

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    Hopsie Reply:

    He’s just a fan of the truth…

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    Seriously? Reply:

    I don’t even know how to begin to describe the unadulterated stupidity of that comment. Please stop breathing.

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    Randy Reply:

    How is that a stupid comment? Photographs show the truth in most instances. Explain.

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    greg Reply:

    Yep. This is Photojournalism. This is not a plot by Obama and his negro army to come take away your guns and bibles.

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    Lol Reply:

    You probably don’t know how to explain it was stupid because you can’t.
    What, do you think all these photographs were hoaxed? Or are you really that fucking naive to think this is some kind of liberal bias?

    Honestly, you see people dying, being drug through the streets, tortured, and all you fuckers can do is claim these pictures are anti-American?

    Rot in hell you inhuman piece of shit.

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    Fags Reply:

    how bout both of you bitches stop talking shit on the internet, enjoy the photos of peoples sufferings, and thank a higher power that youre not them.

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    pa77 Reply:

    Alot of these comments appear to be significantly non sequitur in nature. I say this because every country, society, culture etc.. has individuals who do things that are frowned upon within that society or outside. When you show a high number of “unflattering” photos of a certain group.. it shows substantial evidence that you do not consider association with that group. Thusly it would not be illogical to premise that the source of this collection of photos “is not a fan” of America. But that is ok lol.. cause no one likes everything

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    Big R Reply:

    It is not so much that the pictures them self are anti American it is the captions under the pictures. Just as Randy stated that pictures show the truth at that instance, however that truth can be twisted by the captioning under the pictures. Such as the picture of the South Korean police chief killing the “suspected” viet kong soldier. This caption gives one side of the story. The other side can be presented by phrasing the caption as South Korean police chiefs kills viet kong leader, after he was captured in a raid. Both captions describe the same picture but each caption puts a different light on the picture.

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    not one sided.. Reply:

    he can hardly condemn the man who was shot as a viet kong leader for after all he clearly has not had a fair trial eh?
    the photo’s are the real shocker, fuck, i mean it truly shows mans capability.

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    Bdl Reply:

    This VC had just raped and killed the wife of a SV police official.

    S. Lazovik Reply:

    Actually, it is a south Vietnamese, not South Korean police chief. What the picture doesn’t show is a pit filled with dead people (mostly children), that were tortured sadistically and killed by the captured Viet-Kong soldier and his comrades. The pit is merely a fifty meters from the place where the picture was shot. The police chief recognises a family member among the victims and personally executes the prisoner.

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    world citizen Reply:

    I gather that it was justified then. villagers in Afghanistan were gathered in a wedding, women with their children dancing happly… until a US drone dropped a bomb on them blasting everyone into pieces. If Taliban gets their hands on the US commander who gave the order then I guess he should face a similar fate as this Viet-Kong soldier.
    Truth is, monsters come in all shapes and titles. Thanks for sharing these pictures BTW.

    ooGG Reply:

    I dont wana live on this planet anymore..

    Bishop Noble Reply:

    @ “how bout both of you bitches…”

    thank a higher power? You mean the same higher power that allowed these people to suffer? No thanks. A higher power that does that doesn’t deserve my thanks.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    yay! flame war!

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    trolololol Reply:

    lolumadbro

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    amey Reply:

    i was really feeling these pictures, thats until i seen this pathetic argument

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    Bugsprayer Reply:

    Having read that thread of replies I am amazed that no-one commented on the irony of peoples united condemnation of such events while simultaneously illustrating the basic root causes. Your arguements,while petty, are the first step in any eventual atrocity.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It’s sad that we see pictures as horrific as these and yet we still fight over who is right and who is wrong. The fact is, they happened. The question is, what are we going to do to prevent these situations from happening again?

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  5. Wow, I remembered all of those events

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  6. Nice list. I was surprised to not see Kevin Carter’s photo of the vulture waiting for the young boy in Sudan to die from malnutrition. Carter later committed suicide citing seeing so many scenes like that as a contributing factor…heavy stuff.

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  7. The picture of Nguyen Ngoc Loan shooting the man is actually a little more complicated than the caption here shows.

    http://www.famouspictures.org/mag/index.php?title=Vietnam_Execution

    That follow that link to learn a little more.

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    Joey Reply:

    Your right . that man had killed someone close to Nguyen shortly before the picture was taken . that pic was taken completely out of context and ruined a good mans reputation . Ironically the photographer tried to get the real story out but no one cared about the truth .

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    Threenotch Reply:

    Just so I understand this –

    are you two saying the shooting of the bound man on the street of Saigon by the Chief of the Saigon Police Force is justifiable and you support the pretext that a law enforcement officer has the right to pass judgement on a perp and then rule as to the punishment for the crime then carry out said punishment?
    Dude that is some Stalin shit man!! I want no part of that Constitution I’ll stick with the one we got now!!

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    Andrew Reply:

    It was COMPLETELY justifiable. Stalin imprisoned or executed people for political gain. The Police Chief in the photo executed the man for justice. You act like it’s simple and clean cut to have a trial in the situation. This isn’t CSI, especially not in a country that didn’t have nearly the same criminal justice infrastructure as the U.S. He was known to be a member of enemy forces tasked with murdering civilians and was found at the site of a mass grave filled with many civilians, do you really need to waste the money on a trial that could have the possibility of letting him off on some sort of technicality? You’re so idealistic that you’re completely blind to rationality

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    Threenotch Reply:

    “Blind to rationality” ?? Are you kidding me, that is weak as pond water. The ends most certainly does not justify the means, as it so very rarely does. To toss out the rule of law, the most basic rule of the free world, just because it is inconvenient is more dangerous than you can possibly comprehend. To deny ANY suspect a trial and all the articles of justice pertenent to the trial (even if you watch the crime take place right in front of you) is to make the entire system of justice invalid.
    In the southern states of USA up until the last 30 – 40 years any black man found “guilty” by thugs could be and more often than not was hung by a rope in the nearest tree. The justification you use in your argument is the same argument used by those thugs. It was not right in Mississippi and it was not right in Viet Nam it is not right in Afghanistan and it won’t be right the next time it is done.
    People that belive it is the “right” of the moral few to take the law into their own hands and dispense justice the way they see fit, due to whatever circumstances might exist to warrant such justicfication, are themselves law breakers and should be held accountable for their actions.
    Justice is not a waste of money. If you were the one on trial you would agree with me I am sure.
    I DO actlike it is simple and clean cut to have a trial I do act like it is always the best policy to uphold justice. The lack of infrastructure is no excuse a trial can be held under a tree! As the most important part of the trial is the following of the LAW.
    I fully believe it is this lack of discipline that caused the loss of South Viet Nam and it will be the cause of our loss in Afghanistan if it is not brought to bear. An army must maintain discipline at all times in order to be most effective.
    And in the case of the photo a police force must also be disciplined in how it handles the public for it is not it will soon be unlawful and no longer a force for good.

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    nai Reply:

    dude… monsters have to be eliminated. if i found a mass grave with a family member in it i would execute anyone involved. this isnt a perfect world, people dont wait around for trials. that system is definitely not as perfect and just as you would think my friend….

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  8. The photo in Spain is coronel TEJERO, not Molina. Check your sources because to any spaniard it really hurts the eyes, it was a very critical moment and everyone knows the name of the colonel.

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    Fidel Reply:

    Teniente Coronel Antonio Tejero Molina, to be more accurate.

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  9. Very biased (to a point of not being the true description) descriptions of the photographs

    this one is probably the most over done:
    “South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Vietkong soldier.”
    it should read:
    “South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shoots a Vietkong spy.”

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    Richard Reply:

    What is your source? Which of the others are biased? Cite examples and sources. Just because something bothers your world view, it doesn’t mean that it´s not true. Don’t just throw accusations around.

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    raideo Reply:

    This is actually a very well documented event, and Vietkong spy is even a little bit too nice, Vietkong assassin who murdered non-combatant family members of military officers sums it up better.

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  10. Hey, nice picture set. One correction though: the picture of Allende is actually before the main “coup.” The first mini-coup was broken, allowing Allende to walk out victorious. Soon after, he was trapped in La Moneda, and either committed suicide or was killed by paramilitary forces. This picture is not the best example. This one is the closest one can get: http://susanrosenthal.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/pinochet_attacks_allende.jpg

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  11. Wow.

    May as well call the collection, “The Nightmare Called ‘Humans’”.

    We are capable of such horrific things.

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    Shade Ilmaendu Reply:

    Yes, we are, but to look only at the atrocities mankind has committed in the past would be to deny the duality of our natures. We are capable of atrocities too numerous to imagine, but we are also capable of incredible feats of goodness. So I agree with you, but not entirely. Misanthropy is something thats become far too prevalent in this country and its sad to see people forgetting that there is good in this world as well as bad.

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    We Mustrepent Reply:

    Hi,
    There you go.
    I would add, “MOST humans.”
    The road is narrow, and you will be ridiculed for being a child of light, and everyone knows that–since elementary school.

    So, remember everyone! We don’t have much time here, the cool people, and the fascists of all colors and shapes (hipsters, conservatives, whatever badge) aren’t worth turning yourself from a guileless human to a monster.

    Trust what mom said, even if she no longer thinks that you need to adhere to being a good boy because you’re 16! or 18! or 21!

    It’s only seventy years of ridicule people, but your soul will be pure.

    MOST humans are hell. Use this as an opportunity, an adventure in separating yourself. They will secretly envy you.

    You will have many epiphanies, and you will be extremely light.

    It’s really easy and light. (they make it really easy to see where not to go, they are so disgusting. follow your heart)

    DO NOT JOIN ANYTHING, BUT THE LIGHT.

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  12. you what you dont see in the last one is that the man “calming his baby”, is that he had him coverd in explosizes only 10 hours befor that pic

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    Threenotch Reply:

    Gotta call bullshit on that one partner…

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  13. “Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths.”

    ~Eddie Adams (photographer of Vietnam execution.)

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  14. Just take them as photographs. Make your own captions. Allow yourself to be swayed by images which are true and ignore captions which ar a road to bias regardless of accuracy.

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  15. I recognize a few photos, and some of the captions do not accurately represent the context of the respective images.

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  16. PHOTOSHOP!

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    African Angi Reply:

    EEjit !

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    Mike Reply:

    agreed!

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  17. Seriously guys get over yourselves arguing about whether these pics are anti American. The majority of them have no relation to America. I know for some of you that is an unimaginable situation but there really is a “rest of the world”.

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  18. The man Nguyen Ngoc Loan is about to shoot in this picture was the chief of a special Viet Kong unit responsible for finding and killing the families and loved ones of South Vietnamese figures of power. This picture was taken after he had been captured next to a ditch containing many dead bodies killed execution style including the wife and children of Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The photographer later regretted taking and distributing this photo as it RUINED the life of Nguyen Ngoc Loan who was forever seen as a cruel executioner. While this is not necessarily justification for his actions, it is further evidence that every picture comes with context that is worth considering.

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  19. This is my new homepage. I forget how brave and selfless and evil the world CAN be and forget to enjoy and try to make a better place for the future generations.

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  20. how about everyone stop arguing like a bunch a 5th graders. if you have a problem with all the evil in the world, why not step up and say, “this is wrong.” why argue about it over the internet?

    TomUK Apr 17th, 2010 at 16:30 I’m guessing you’re not really a fan of America or Americans?

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    Hopsie Reply:
    January 26th, 2011 at 16:24

    He’s just a fan of the truth…

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    Seriously? Reply:
    January 26th, 2011 at 23:41

    I don’t even know how to begin to describe the unadulterated stupidity of that comment. Please stop breathing.

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    Randy Reply:
    January 27th, 2011 at 03:53

    How is that a stupid comment? Photographs show the truth in most instances. Explain.

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    Lol Reply:
    January 28th, 2011 at 03:36

    You probably don’t know how to explain it was stupid because you can’t.
    What, do you think all these photographs were hoaxed? Or are you really that fucking naive to think this is some kind of liberal bias?

    Honestly, you see people dying, being drug through the streets, tortured, and all you fuckers can do is claim these pictures are anti-American?

    Rot in hell you inhuman piece of shit.

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    Fags Reply:
    January 28th, 2011 at 09:13

    how bout both of you bitches stop talking shit on the internet, enjoy the photos of peoples sufferings, and thank a higher power that youre not them.

    PATHETIC. if they really feel this strongly, do something other than sit on your ass in front of a computer and complain about the wrongs in the world.
    —Anonymous

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  21. You has without any doub transmitting a negative subjet to United States. There are a lot more photos from crimes for communists and socialists that i realized you dont posted here! I think you are VietKong.

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    Chuck Reply:

    And I think illiterate morons should refrain from commenting on–well, anything.Seriously, you embarrass yourself.

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  22. Screw the United States and what they stand for. This is just discusting

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    Abby Reply:

    America has made mistake, without a doubt. However, it is not just America in these photos. Other countries have moments when they look at photos or rulers and say, what the hell are we doing? It’s human nature to be moronic idiots but the United States do not stand for malnutrition and things that have happened in other countries despite what the U.S. has done to help or hinder, since your so anti-U.S.

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    Andrew Reply:

    lol, really? a picture of people mocking someone, a picture of civilians fleeing a warzone, a picture of soldiers dragging the body of an enemy (whose forces were notorious for torturing prisoners), and a picture of a suspected terrorist/soldier sitting with a bag on their head and you say “screw the United States”. You completely ignore the fact that the pictures in this collection that directly involve the U.S. don’t even really involve people being harmed right? All of the other pictures are about torture, military takeover, burnings, rampant hunger, or executions by/in other countries and you call the U.S. bad? You must be one of the dumbest people on the internet

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    andrew Reply:

    you are an idiot…

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    andrew Reply:

    i’m talking to evan, btw

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  23. Riveting…..

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  24. I’d never seen the woman & child falling down the collapsing fire escape. That picture is INSANE! Did they survive?

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  26. thanxx for compiling and posting these powerful pix.

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  27. I am a sergeant in the USAF, and after seeing these pictures I want to blow my brains out with a military issued weapon. Everything we’ve done in the last 30 years has been part of a sick plot by higher powers who give not a fuck about the common man of any nation. I’ve seen them before but after 10 years I just can’t take it anymore. What have I been doing with my life?

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    Andrew Reply:

    …participating in the most modern military in the world. None of the pictures in this collection even really says something bad about the U.S. except the first one about racism. What is wrong with you people?

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  28. I know quite a few of these descriptions to be incorrect. Photos are still moving none the less, but the particular facts needs to be sourced better.

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  29. Absolutely amazing compilation. Thank you for showing it to me.

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  30. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1e1_1284429060

    actual film footage of Socialist Party leader Asanuma’s assassination.

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    Dawg Reply:

    ^^^ ABOVE IS GRAPHIC VIDEO TOWARDS THE END –
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. ^^^

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  31. It’s Vietcong…with a “c”

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  32. Indeed Barbara is right. And did anyone consider that maybe there are more US pics here published because the US was in that period and is the richest country and thus the one with the most photo publications and cameras lying around? I mean its a lot easier to find American photos in Vietnam than photos of starving Ukrainians under Stalin’s purges. Lets think rationally and stop arguing for nothing people. Its a matter of time and coincidence, not necessarily political bias. Also there are plenty of other photos here that aren’t of US action. Also, if the poster wants to put comments, they can do it without having to look them up for three hours each like the Vietnamese execution. Its not the poster’s fault that he/she didn’t care to go dig up the back story, the point had nothing to do with it. Also, just for the whole debater on that, the photographer agreed with whoever it was who spoke of trials. He said that he regrets being there as if he hadn’t been, the shot may not have been taken.

    Come guys, not everything is as sinister as you think it is. Take a break and focus on how shocking these actions are in general instead of looking for a non-existent agenda.

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  33. Anti-American? Sounds more like “it’s all about me, me, me!” Theres another world outside your borders you know. Only 1 of these 14 photos could be construed as such where the enemy soldier is being dragged behind the vehicle. You wouldn’t do that to an animal. But it’s more like, who’s commanding these guys rather than anti-US. And since when is Sth Vietnamese American? The people crossing the river, well, unfortunately, that is war, & the Vietcong in the end were supported by more Vietnamese & they were victorious. America admitted they screwed up in Vietnam, which was a rare thing to do. There have been more cameras where America has been, thus more pictures. I always wondered what happened to the guy in front of the Tianemen square tanks. That was unbelievably brave.

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  34. haunting photos

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  35. Wow. These pictures are so sad.
    I’m so glad I am still alive and in a normal condition. These are only some that were lucky enough to be in photos – imagine those that were not in photo! :(

    -My English is not well, I apologize.

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  36. By not putting photo credits on each shot, you do a great disservice to the photographers. Put the photog’s info on each shot instead of your site. It’s their hard work, dedication and bravery that made those photos happen, not your site.

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  37. The author is a guilt ridden self loathing liberal who hates himself, Western Civilization, Christianity and most of all the American military. Where are all the pics showing the murdering commies and terrorists? Where are the 911 pics? This is how we got stuck with obama, instead of an honest media who should have vetted obama we got stuck with a socialist teleprompter reading puppet until 2012.

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    nathan Reply:

    preach on

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    finnegan Reply:

    i like how you call yourself a ‘thinking man’ when you’re just brainwashed by religion and conservative propaganda.

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  38. Intense seems like the right word to describe these photos. and the subsequent dumb internet feuds about them.
    I personally like the photo of the people falling froma fire escape. Imagine being the photographer and witnessing a woman and child falling from several stories and having the presence of mind to take a picture (in focus) whilst they fall. Don’t know what the message means though. Should we start building stronger fire escapes?

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  39. You didn’t take any of these pictures, therefore you should not have your watermark on them. Just finding them on the internet doesn’t give you ownership of them.

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    Dunn Reply:

    This post was years ago. And i’ve learned that. I never put watermark anymore and always give credit to the source.

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  40. Gawd! Look at that evil bastard to Dorothy Counts’s left. The devil incarnate!

    Excellent photos throughout!

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  41. i can not stop crying?????

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  42. Powerful images

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  43. If you watch the video of the VietCong suspect being murdered, even the Americans were taken by suprise. They did not expect the Police Chief to commit this act on camera. I also suspect the Americans would have liked to debrief the prisoner before trial. You can’t get much information from a corpse.

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  44. [...] 1989. A young man in China stands before the tanks during protests for democratic reforms. 1994. A man who was tortured by the soldiers since he was suspected to have spoken with the Tutsi rebels. Unforgettable Photos [...]

  45. 1. i would have made fun of her too, but only because she was wearing that ridiculous long bow.

    2. instead of bracing… why not step back and out of the way?

    3. “never made a sound or moved while he was burning”……. i respect the hell out of that… but, he’s dead now and can’t do anything… so, what’s the point?

    4. dear priest holding a dying man: pay attention to the bleeding guy, he might have something he wants you to hear… or give him his last rites

    5. swim for your life guys….. no time to focus on the well dressed and fed photographer right now… just silly

    6. makes me wonder if the person being pulled was alive when they first tied them up or already dead…. did they take bets on how long he’d live… hmmmm, i wonder…

    7. some guy rapes and murders your family….. you put a bullet in his head not caring who witnesses it…. this scenario happened exactly the way it would have if it was my family….

    if i was the photographer, reporter or anyone standing around and his gun happened to jam… i would casually walk over to him and let him borrow my pocket knife to jam in to his throat… and i would feel like a better man for being able to assist him :-)

    8. pictures of people alive right before they die and they don’t know they are going to die are just so neat….

    9. well?? did they live or not?

    10. this pic is just sad.. very very sad

    11. awesome!!!! i took your picture, and if i don’t die i’m going to show everyone!!!

    12. whenever i see this pic or the video of this moment.. i always wonder what was in the bag he’s holding…. seriously though, is it his dinner? did he go out to get some steam dumplings and get caught up in the political crap? is there a hungry woman waiting at home wondering where her dumplings are? the world may never know what was in the bag… shame.

    13. he’s alive and cool chicks dig scars…. win/win

    14. i firmly believe that all is fair in love and war…. but seriously, you could have taken the cover off his head if you were going to let him “see” his kid… otherwise, stick him back in his torture hole and stop wasting time.

    if i offended you: it’s ok, you’re not important or relevant….. if you enjoyed my 2 cents: good, always here to entertain

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    Phil Reply:

    You are surely an American :)
    But hey, this post is way acceptable, there is none real human who got killed. We all know that these people are inferior races and don’t have a family who love them and deserve to die or being prisoners of war for than being tortured to tell information of people who blew up your whole families in their own cities.

    A bit more seriously, I’m glad that some people working against problems like these, but they will always be people supporting these terrible events due to a high misinformation from their medias and inferior judgement, kinda like yours.

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  47. Amazing photos there. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    Just found this site by using StumbleUpon. Great tool ;-)

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  48. Dorothy Counts is hawt

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